What do you think about the Juniper MX line?

Randy Carpenter rcarpen at network1.net
Mon Jun 27 15:23:43 CDT 2011


The SRX line is nice for some uses, particularly with recent software updates that have fixed things like using IPv6 on vlan interfaces.

The SRX is not going to be the choice for an edge router that needs to do BGP and/or 1 Gb/s+ of traffic.

The SRX pretty much does everything in software, where the MX routes packets in ASICs.

SRX is great for a firewall box, or to be the edge for a small network.

I do wish there was an even lower-end MX than the new MX5 (all hardware routing, but ~$10k), as I would have many uses for such a thing in networks that only have a few uplinks of ~1 Gb/s. I don't need 20 Gb of throughput for that. But, if the budget allows for an MX5 (~$30k MSRP) or bigger, the MX line is very nice.

-Randy


----- Original Message -----
> Heh, I spent about 3mo evaluating/testing SRX's and I agree they had
> potential but left /a lot/ to be desired.
> 
> -Jeremy
> 
> On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
> 
> > Sorry... I misspoke. My comments related to the SRX series and not
> > the MX.
> >
> > The MX is a fine product in my experience.
> >
> > Owen
> >
> > On Jun 25, 2011, at 10:03 PM, Howard Hart wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > We have a couple installed as our edge routers.
> > >
> > > Pluses -  solid as a rock, easy to administer, and will take some
> > extremely high packet rates for relatively low cost (important for
> > us since
> > we use them for VoIP traffic). If you're approaching the capacity
> > of a 1GB
> > uplink, I highly recommend these as your first step to 10 GB.
> > >
> > > Minuses - careful on your MX80 version. The MX80-48T includes a
> > > built in
> > 48 port 1 GigE switch, but we've had compatibility issues with it
> > and other
> > vendors switches. The modular version that replaces the MX80-48T
> > costs quite
> > a bit more, but it does give you a lot more connection and
> > compatibility
> > options.
> > >
> > > Howard Hart
> > >
> > > On Jun 25, 2011, at 9:37 PM, "Ryan Finnesey"
> > <ryan.finnesey at HarrierInvestments.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >> I would love to know the same I am looking at the MX line as
> > >> well for a
> > >> new network build-out
> > >>
> > >> Cheers
> > >> Ryan
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> -----Original Message-----
> > >> From: Chris [mailto:behrnetworks at gmail.com]
> > >> Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2011 9:29 AM
> > >> To: nanog at nanog.org
> > >> Subject: What do you think about the Juniper MX line?
> > >>
> > >> Hello,
> > >>
> > >> I've been doing some research into using the MX line of Juniper
> > >> routers
> > >> and was interested in hearing people's experiences (the good,
> > >> bad, and
> > >> ugly). What do you like about them? What do you dislike?
> > >> Where are you putting them in your network? Where are you not
> > >> putting
> > >> them? Why? What other platforms would you consider and why? I
> > >> hope to
> > >> hear some candid responses, but feel free to respond privately
> > >> if you
> > >> need to.
> > >>
> > >> Thanks!
> > >>
> > >>
> >
> >
> >
> 
> 




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